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receiving care. want to go to elizabeth cohen, she's outside the hospital. there are new details about his injuries since i last spoke with you. what do you know? >> these are very important details from deborah feyerick and susan candiotti. he has wounds to his throat. and this is very, very important. he is intubated and sedated. what that means is he has a tube going down his throat that's attached to a ventilator that breathes for him. often doctors will intubate someone and put them on a ventilator to take the strain away if a machine breathes for them. this explains why governor deval patrick says he can't communicate right now. elizabeth, give us an update on the bombing survivors. how many are still in the hospital at this point? >> there are at least 57 bombing survivors still in area hospitals, two in critical condition. >> elizabeth cohen, thank you very much. we appreciate your reporting. we want to go back now to watertown. cnn's susan candiotti, it's still an active crime scene. how long will investigators be there and what are they doing? >> reporter: it's certainly what a l
harmed have also been receiving care. we want to go to elizabeth cohen. elizabeth, there are new details about his injuries since i last spoke with you. what do you know? >> reporter: don, these are very details from my colleagues. also what we've learned from susan candiotti. what we've learned is he's had wounds to his throat and also, this is very, very important, it's intubated and sedated. somewhat that means is he has a tube going down his throat that's attached to a ventlator that breathes for him. that doesn't mean he can't believe on his own. often doctors will put them on a ventilator because it takes the strain away. as you said earlier, this explains why the governor has said that he can't communicate right now, injuries to the throat, sedated and intubated. don? >> elizabeth, give us an update on the bombing survivors. how many are still in the hospital at this point? >> reporter: there are at least 57 bombing survivors still in hospitals around the boston area. two in critical condition. >> elizabeth cohen, thank you very much. we appreciate your reporting. we want to go ba
. elizabeth cohen reporting she spoke to somebody in this neighborhood where this operation is going on. we won't go into any more specifics on that. but that person, that neighbor, said that that person's house had not been searched. clearly, there are some areas which have not yet been searched. this is a large area and for all the large number of law enforcement personnel we have seen, they have been very methodical today having to go house to house, door by door, block by block. >> a decision could also have been made as they evacuate people and have isolated and know what's clear and what's not clear, to back off a little bit and give the individual an opportunity to try to move or let down his guard, but they have been very effective and i think that they're going to be very deliberate as they go forward here and i'm optimistic that the odds are in their favor now to be able to pick him up alive if in fact this is the individual. >> right. we should stress, we don't know that for a fact. law enforcement is saying they believe a possible suspect. how confident are you hearing from your
's response to the attacks, senior medical correspondent elizabeth coh cohen, but we begin with susan candiotti. we learned overnight from the fbi has one of the two bombs was packed into a pressure cooker. the second was located in some kind of metal container. we don't know if it was a pressure cooker or not. susan, what else do we know knew this morning? >> good morning. these, as you said, are gripping photos taken by those fbi crime seen technicians. in particular, we are talking about a huge blast field that these things were found in. so just amazing work done by these analysts. as they found, for example, twisted debris, pieces of that metal container that the alleged bomber or bombers used to put this stuff together. so this is like a pressure cooker like you would use at home, that's what the thinking is. also in another photograph you see the remainder of what they describe as a black nylon backpack or some kind of a bag into which this metal container was placed. inside the metal container, all kinds of would-be shrapnel, pieces of nail. also you see -- what's important on
:45, our reporter on the scene, elizabeth cohen, saw movement, heard police officers break out into applause, neighbors asked the police did you get him. one police officer said yes. just about a minute after that, the boston police department tweeted out saying the suspect is in custody, that they were sweeping the area. i'm also here with cnn's deborah feyerick who has been reporting on this, using her sources all day long, really for the last 23 hours. piers, what a 23-hour period this has been. >> anderson, let me stop you, if i can. we just got bob goodman again, who is a neighbor who witnessed the whole thing. let me go to you again, mr. goodman. can you hear me? >> yeah. i can hear you well. >> mr. goodman, you live i think three doors down from the house where this boat was, where the suspect was finally arrested. tell me what you saw. >> well, what i saw, when the ban was lifted around i think it was 6:00 or 6:30, we went out for a short walk and when we were halfway around the block, about 25 police cars came screeching down the street, and it obviously looked like th
elizabeth cohen is standing by. first, we want to catch you up on some of the other developments, up to date on the charges that the suspected bomber may actually face, and show you some new riveting images of that intense manhunt that led to his capture. we're watching all of this unfold. for that, let's go to cnn's joe johns, our crime and justice correspondent. he's working his sources in washington. joe, what are officials telling you about the proceeding that could happen today in the coming hours by the suspect's bedside? this is highly extraordinary. >> that's true, wolf. our sources have told us it's possible, possible we could see charges today. but there's no guarantee. we have heard as recently as yesterday that authorities were contemplating a terrorism charge, most likely something relating to use of a weapon of mass destruction. also, in all likelihood, some type of charge relating to use of a fire arm and commission of a felony. conspiracy certainly also possible because authorities allege that the suspect worked on this with his brother. a number of different charges all poss
a sense of how dangerous, elizabeth cohen joins us right now. >> we know a lot about this chemical because it's involved in explosions with some frequency. very commonly used industrial chemical. so the impact that it has all depends on how much you breathe in. if you breathe in a lot of it, you can die instantly. if you breathe in -- if you breathe in less of it, then it can irritate your eyes, it can irritate your nose, it can irritate your throat, but, you know that will go away quickly. it all depends on the wind and the temperature at the time that it's released. >> what does it mean that we haven't been hearing about a second wave of exposure at the hospitals? we heard from the ceo of the hospital, they saw some people early on, none since. >> hopefully what that means is that the people who were there at the initial explosion were effected and we heard them talking about t treating people for eye irritation and trying to get that out of their eyes. hopefully those are the only people and that's it. that's what we pray for, is that that's it. >> let's hope it's not a concern we have
correspondent elizabeth cohen is on the phone but we'll start with kenny klein, he is the senior associate athletic director for the university of louisville. thank you for joining us tonight. mr. klein, how is kevin doing? >> kevin's still currently in the methodist hospital here in indianapolis and undergoing surgery at this time. >> yeah. >> we're showing video of the players. players from both teams who are visibly shaken, visibly upset, even crying. how does this -- were you at the game? >> i was. i was at mid-court, and it certainly was a gruesome injury, and it affected a lot of our players but while kevin was down, wanted the players, called the players over and said, you know, win the game, win the game. that was his message to the team, and they certainly took it to heart and got the task accomplished. >> it's pretty gruesome to ask, but, i mean, people in the crowd and players were saying they could hear the injury. they could hear the break. >> it was an awful thing. it's something that one of our football players went through, michael bush, very similar injury on the football
dzhokhar tsarnaev is recovering after being seriously injured. elizabeth cohen is outside that hospital. federal prosecutors are inside. could the suspect be charged today? >> you know, that's absolutely possible. well, maybe not today but certainly before he leaves the hospital. pamela brown spoke with the justice department official and they said it is quite possible he could be charged before he leaves the hospital. the big question is how long will he be here? all we know is he's in serious condition. i was there last night and heard all the gunshots. if he has gunshot wounds and possibly needed surgery, that recovery could take awhile. so we do know that federal law enforcement has been in there since last night and that they have been thinking about what kinds of charges they want to bring against him. it seems clear there will be federal charges and those will include terrorism. now we don't know exactly what's going on in there. we don't know anything beyond that he's in serious condition. we don't know any other medical or surgical details. jake? >> how intense is the security
. our senior medical correspondent, elizabeth cohen, is there right now. we are told that dzhokhar tsarnaev cannot speak. his throat is injured. what have you learned about his condition and when he might be able to talk? >> i think it is probably going to be a while. he is in the intensive care unit. he is sedated and intubated. they have put a tube down his throat. when patients like this are sedated rkts th sedated, they are out of it. it is as if they are asleep. they might grunt. they might move a bit. really, they are out of it. he would not understand a conversation or anything that was being told to him. don? >> reporter: we keep hearing, elizabeth, that he is in serious condition. that means he is stable, i would imagine, and expected to survive, correct? >> it is difficult to know how stable or not stable he is. the only official word we have gotten is serious. we haven't been told stable or anything like that. serious means that he is acutely ill. he is seriously ill. however, he is not in critical condition. critical condition would mean his life is on the line. he coul
medical correspondent elizabeth cohen. and i know this was an open fracture. his right tibia. he's already undergone surgery. what did doctors have to do, elizabeth? >> the first thing you mentioned that it broke the skin, brooke, the first thing they worry about is infection. making sure to keep that site clean then they go in and do surgery, they fix it, they did this very quickly. i was talking to ordrt pedic surgeons not involved with his care and they said it looked gruesome but it's relatively easy to fix. you put a rod, steel or titanium, put a rod in that bone so he's now got a rod in his shin bone, and it works quite well. it was a two-hour surgery. and believe it or not, brooke, they told me that people on him are standing up on crutches the next day. like today. >> no way. >> so even though it looks so horrible it really is quite fixable. >> we should all be hoping for is that he gets up and walks again. he's perfectly healthy. but there are a lot of people asking this question right now, could he possibly get back on the court sometime next season? >> you know, the orthopedist
center in massachusetts and elizabeth cohen is with us from cnn headquarters in atlanta. debra, fill us in on the nuts and bolts of the transfer? >> we can tell you we got an e-mail about 6:00 -- just a few minutes after 6:00 this morning saying in fact the u.s. marshals had transported dzhokhar tsarnaev to the medical facility here which you see behind me. this is the devans federal medical center. there is a high security area plus we understand a team of doctors. this is done in close coordination with both the u.s. attorney's office, the fbi as well as the doctors that are attending to tsarnaev. they're trying to keep him obviously as stable as possible because he still has a way to go to heal from all his wounds. it was done we believe overnight. it was done at a time when the majority of cameras had pulled back from the medical center there in the heart of boston. and it was done in a way so that there would be minimum disruption certainly to the patient because, again, they've got to keep him as stable as they possibly can. they're still counting on a lot of information from him
a whole lot of blood. cnn's senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen is outside the hospital where he is being treated. elizabeth, what more can you tell us about his condition, how sedated he is and tell us a little bit more about this in r intubation and how significant it is? >> it is very significant. it means that doctors do not want him to breathe on him own. they want to help him. that will help in his recovery. his body is under such strain from the loss of blood they'd rather have the machine breathe for him. when someone's intubated that means a tube is going down their throat. as you can imagine this is extremely uncomfortable. that's why they sedate people when they intubate them. the level ofization might vary but basically they're not holding conversations. they're not really aware of what's going on around them. if you tap them on the shoulder or say their name they might grunt at you but they're not having conversations, they're not understanding what people are saying around them. fred? >> and so what about security inside his room, outside the room? just fortified a
the suspect is recovering after being seriously injured. elizabeth cohen is outside that hospital. elizabeth, federal prosecutors are inside. of course, the question, could the suspect be charged today? >> you know, that's a definite possibility, jake. our colleague, pamela brown, spoke to an official at the justice department and this person told her that they thought it was highly possible he could be charged before he leaves the hospital. of course, we don't know when that's going to be. we don't know how seriously he is wounded or hurt. he's in serious condition, but that doesn't really necessarily tell you a whole lot. we are expecting an update on his condition, but i don't think we're going to get many details, just a one serious or stable. probably won't learn much about what actually is going on inside. jake? >> elizabeth, there's a photograph of dzhokhar tsarnaev after he was apprehended, it was from i think the bureau of alcohol, tobacco, firearms, a picture of him down, and he was being intubated, a tube being put in his mouth to help with his breathing. that would suggest that h
elizabeth cohen. got him on the phone, thought it was important to talk to him and talk to you as well. tell bus this injury. how do doctors handle an injury like this? >> yeah, the doctors that i spoke with, it sounds like he broke his shin bone, and it's actually relatively simple to hand. you do surgery, and as we've seen you do it quite quickly. you take a rod, usually either steel or titanium, and you put it down the length of the bone. the bone is hollow so you put it down the length of the bone and then, believe it or not, they have these patients up on crutches the next day which i think is pretty remarkable, and then they start physical therapy quite quickly. >> elizabeth, they said they could see the bone jutting out if you were down. that makes it seem much worse, much more severe injury than one might think. >> the doctors i spoke to mentioned that. they said they had seen it on television, and i -- i said, wow, you can do surgery that quickly and put the rod in, yes, even in these situations. they have seen injuries like this before. it's unusual in basketball, but they have see
standards. senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen has more. >> the center for science and the public interest come down hard in the restaurant industry in this new report. they looked at 50 restaurant chains and said 91% of them did not follow the nutritional guidelines for kids that are laid out by the national restaurant association. let's look at what they say are three of the biggest offenders. first let's look at this meal from chili's. pizza, fries, chocolate milk. 1,120 calories. that's more than twice as many calories as most kids are supposed to get in a meal. take a look at this meal from dairy queen. fried chicken fingers, barbecue sauce, french fries, ice cream bar and a slurpie type drink -- more than 100 calories. was the biggest offender calorie wise -- french fries, grilled cheese and chocolate milk? this one is from applebee's. 1,210 calories. applebee's and chili's point out parents don't have to buy those meals for their kids. the restaurants have plenty of other healthier lower calorie options for their kids. the national restaurant association had this to say. th
're on the move. let's get elizabeth cohen who's near by. what are you hearing. >> i'm not sure exactly what just happened but the police here erupted in applause. they erupted in applause. the police car came out and took a rest and headed down the street. someone yelled out is that him and the police officer said yes. that's all i know. that's all i can tell you from here. i don't know what it means but there was a definite round of applause from police as the car drove away. as the police car drove away. >> did you see anything, the obvious question, did you see anybody in the back of that police car? >> it was impossible to see. it was totally dark. it was impossible to see. >> what could here be a huge development. it appears that the suspect, suspect number two this 19-year- old man may now be in custody. as you heard a moment ago. that reporter there saying that she saw a car go by, a police car go by and police in the area broke out in applause. we're also seeing some tweets from reporters on the scene saying that from their understanding, from their sources, the suspect, the 19- year-old
. right now we want to bring in cnn's senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen. elizabeth, what we've been talking about all morning with this ammonia fertilizer chemical that can be very toxic is often explosive. let's start with what can happen if you are in close contact with the chemical. >> right. if you're in close contact with the chemical, chris, and you're breathing it in at high concentrations, it can kill you very quickly. it can get into the lungs and it can be extremely, extremely harmful. however, if you're breathing in lower concentrations or if you're not breathing it in for that long a period of time, it isn't necessarily all that dangerous. it's going to irritate your nose and your throat and your eyes. but as long as they can get you to fresh air, get some water down you to wash that out, then it becomes a much easier situation to handle. there aren't necessarily any long lasting effects. >> okay. elizabeth, right now we got word that the governor's presser in texas is starting. so let's go to that. >> -- birdwell is on a phone. they're out of power in west. and
this is my friend and colleague elizabeth cohen. you've been following this story for some time. the news is interesting because the judge said there was no real reason that it shouldn't be sold over the counter. what are you hearing from your doctor sources? >> right. the judge called it capricious and i think doctors would agree. what he basically said was look, the fda is charged with deciding whether a drug is safe and effective, and if it's safe and effective for 17 and older, it's also safe and effective for 17 and younger. he said the medical data is clear. it works the same in a woman's body. therefore his reasoning was it should be available over the counter to anyone at any age. >> but there are things that are safe and effective that still require prescription. >> that's true, but he's saying if you're not going to require a prescription for 17 and older, why are you requiring a prescription for younger than that? the obama administration said because they were worried the younger girls wouldn't really understand how to take it. >> we'll talk more about the impact on this. i wa
age 15 to 44 have used it. elizabeth cohen joins me. you have been following the story and the story is interesting because the judge said there is no real reason it should be sold over the counter. what are you hear aing from your doctor sources? >> what he basically said is, look, the fda is charged with deciding if it is safe and effective. if it is safe and effective for 17 and older, it is safe for 17 and younger. it works the same in a women's body. safe and effective no matter what age. therefore, it should be available over the counter to anyone at any age? >> still some require a prescription. >> if you're not going to require a prescription for 17 and older, why are you requiring a prescription for younger than that. the obama administration said they were worried the younger girls wouldn't know how to take it. >> i want to introduce you to a woman named brooke mackie. brooke, thanks for joining us. you've, obviously, been following the story and this is so personally relevant to you. you told us when you were a young teenager, you needed plan b but couldn't get it. can you
expecting another device. the suspected bomber is captured himself in a boston hospital. elizabeth cohen joins us now. good to have you with us. as far as we know has there been any change in dzhokhar's condition since he was admitted to that hospital? >> reporter: no. we've been told this whole time he's in serious condition. we've been told by sources that he's intubated and sedated. when you do this you sedate them to the point they're asleep and not able to communicate. you can take them out of that quite easy. you just decrease the amount through iv and they would be able to communicate by writing on a note pad. >> we don't know if authorities will be able to question the individual. people questioning the prognosis of the suspect. what are you hearing as you talk to medical experts? >> reporter: he would be completely out of it as a doctor put it. not a doctor here but in another city. it's not usual for doctors to give sedation holidays to patients intubated. they want to talk to the patient and test some neurological functions. see if he can respond to commands. they could take h
am joined by cnn's senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen. so elizabeth, effectively, a judge has come in and said the administration is wrong on this one, but it can't be the last word at this point. >> yes, they can always appeal this decision, and in fact, when we got in touch with the fda, they said we can't comment on an ongoing legal process, makes me think they want this to go on longer than it already has. >> so what does this effectively mean? does this mean today, everywhere in the united states, if you are 16 or 14 years old and you don't want to tell your parents that you are pregnant or fearing of pregnancy, you can go and get plan b without anyone knowing? >> no, not the next day. what that decision says is in 30 days plan b should be made available to anybody who wants it without a prescription. right now, if you're under the age of 17, you would need a prescription, which would be something that would discourage girls from getting it because they might have to tell their parents, go to the doctor, so that would definitely be a discouragement, a roadblock, if yo
is recovering after being seriously injured. want to head to elizabeth cohen, standing outside the hospital. elizabeth, federal prosecutors are inside. could the suspect be charged as early as today? >> you know, i think today might be unlikely, but an official from the justice department did tell our colleague pamela brown that there could be charges brought before he leaves the hospital. he is in serious condition, which means that, you know, he's still got a ways to go. so he could be here for a little while. don? >> how does the hospital handle security for someone like this? i would imagine there's incredible presence there, elizabeth? >> oh, there certainly is, there's certainly a police presence here, and i was speaking with a physician who frequently treats suspects and inmates. he worked in a different city. he said he wouldn't be surprised if the suspect here were handcuffed to the bed and had a guard on each side of the bed as well as guards outside the door. they really are not taking any chances. they don't want anyone coming in and out who doesn't need to be there, and certain
medical correspondent elizabeth cohen is outside the beth israel deaconess hospital, medical center in boston. elizabeth, what are you learning? >> reporter: wolf, governor deval patrick said earlier today that the suspect, this is a quote from the governor, i think is not able to communicate yet. i think not able to communicate yet. that's really important, wolf, because legal sources tell me you cannot arraign someone that's enable to communicate. right now, there's no rush here, no rush to arraign him. he's in there, he's not going anywhere. right now, they have to put that process on hold until he is able to communicate. wolf? >> what's the security like there at the hospital? it must be pretty intense, elizabeth? >> reporter: it is pretty intense. we've got five police officers just at this one entrance, there are several entrances to the hospital. i have spoken to doctors in other cities that worked before with suspects, with inmates. they say that they think he is probably handcuffed to the bed, a guard at each side, guard at the hospital door. >> elizabeth cohen is at the ho
corral correspondent elizabeth cohen at brigham & women's hospital with the update on the latest. how many survivors are being treated? what are their injuries, elizabeth? >> the injuries are a wide range. some people aren't very severely injured. as fwhoete we noted, they have discharged. and others have had to have a leg or both legs amputated. yesterday at boston hospital, they had ten patients in critical condition, today, only two. one couple shared their story. they were only ten feet away from the blast. their names are nicholas and lee ann yanni. they managed to get to a store that sold clothing. the husband looked at his wife, saw blood gushing from her calf, he tore shirts from the racks and made a tourniquet. he went out to help other people. he saw his wife getting on the ambulance. she had surgery on a shattered bone in her calf this is what he had to say after the surgery. >> it was like home, like you felt safe, because the people you love are there with you, and you know they are okay. >> nicholas yanni says his wife are as cool as a cucumber through the entire thing.
officers that wound up killing his older brother. elizabeth cohen standing outside the beth israel deaconess medical center where he's being treated. what do we know about his condition specifically, elizabeth? >> wolf, according to our affiliate, whgh, tsarnaev is in the intensive care unit, and cnn sources tell us -- sources tell cnn he has wounds to the throughothroat and he is sedated and intubated. intubation means a tube is placed usually down the throat into the windpipe and is attached to the ventilator and that ventilator breets for him. it doesn't mean he can't breathe. very often when patients have a large loss of blood, doctors prefer the machine breathe ratherthen the patient. it puts less strain on the patient. and people are often sedated when they're intubated. they're out of t not able to hold a conversation. wolf. >> all right, elizabeth, there could be some dramatic developments over at the hospital where you are. we're going to get back to you. we'll see if a magistrate or a judge actually shows up to notify this suspect at bedside about potential charges, what'
in senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen. what does this mean for birth control as we know it? >> for a very different scenario than we have right now. what this judge did, he over turned an obama administration decision and said, look, the morning after pill should be available to anyone over the counter, no matter what age. so, again, as i said, overturns an obama administration decision. the obama administration said girls under the age of 16 need a prescription. now a girl can walk in, get it without a prescription. as you can imagine, folks in the burt control advocacy community are very happy about this. and we're looking into this more. i would imagine that other folks are very unhappy that girls can walk in, get the prescription. >> a clear understanding about the argument that took place, why this decision was overturned? >> we are still getting details on this, fred. i will say that the arguments in the past have been, no scientific reason why let's say a 15-year-old should need a prescription, but a 17-year-old shouldn't. there might be ethical reasons or some would
seriously injured. our senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen is right outside of the hospital. elizabeth, federal prosecutors are inside. could the suspect actually be charged today? >> you know what, wolf? my colleague pamela brown has been talking to a justice department official who says yes. the charges could come down while tsarnaev is still in the hospital. he is in federal custody and we know that we are told that he's going to be charged with federal crimes including terrorism. now, what we don't know is much about his condition. he's in serious condition but they haven't given us anymore details than that and i don't think they're going to. wolf? >> how does the hospital where you are specifically handle security for someone like this? >> big urban hospitals like this one are very accustomed to taking care of suspects and inmates so they know how to do this. i was talking to a doctor who does this on a regular basis and he says that -- a doctor some place else. not here. he guesses or thinks they'll handcuff him to the bed. handcuffed to the bed and likely two securit
of treatment are we talking about? he liz ben cohen joins us to talk about that. good morning, elizabeth. >> good morning, john. last night cnn spoke to two nurses who were at the tent at the finish line. when they heard it was an explosion, they ran out and what they saw was, as you said, a scene reminiscent of a battlefield, blood everywhere, glass everywhere. let's hear from one of those nurses. >> i treated both a duouble amputee and a young child and a cardiac arrest. i think the best scenario was that everyone turned from a, you know, this is a marathon, we're going to treat cramps, die hydration from that to all of a sudden everyone who had trauma experience came to the front. everyone who didn't went to the back. and let us do our, you know, do our experience and trauma care and we got everyone we could to the centers. >> now the man you saw standing next to steve, his name is jim. he actually was a trauma nurse in iraq for 18 months. and he said all of those skills that he learned in iraq he used yesterday in boston. john? >> they treated scores of people. they saved, no doubt,
. it is now suing to make that happen. elizabeth cohen is joining us. and is there really lead in baby food? >> well, this group went out, the environmental law foundation, went out, bought a bunch of baby foods and had them tested and said many of them, not all of them, but many of them had lead in them. so this group says, look, in california, the law is that you're supposed to label things with lead. and so that's their interpretation of the law. and they say so we think there ought to be warning labels on them. >> is it safe? >> as a parent, i want to know. i don't have babies anymore, but you want to know the answer to that. we spoke to an expert and this is the way she put it. she said, look, there may in fact be lead in baby food because there is often lead in produce. comes from the soil, may come from air pollution that falls on the crops, but, yeah, there could be lead, very well be lead in baby food. she said, well, we see children who have been damaged by lead, and they can tell, brain damage, other kinds of damage, it is usually something like lead paint in their house. dust wi
's been more than four hours since police caught this alleged second bomber, this 19-year-old. elizabeth cohen talked with anderson cooper about police ee. >> i'm not sure exactly what just happened, but they erupted in applause, the police car tame caught, took a left and headed down the street. someone yelled out, is that him? the police officer said yes. >> reporter: what a week it's been for boston police, fbi, multiple jurisdictions throughout this year. and with that news tonight, people to the streets of watertown where this whole thing went down to cheer the police. look. >> reporter: what a crowd. suddenly fear turned into relief. the boston marathon suspect, dzhokar tsarnaev. there is also plenty of appreciation here in boston for the s.w.a.t. team. it swooped in and helped in this manhunt. the governor of massachusetts added his personal thanks. governor duval patrick declaring it's a night where i think we're all going to rest easy. but as the sell was here, an another say, if you're thinking about us, go home. thiscy young town, a university town. take a look at these sponta
to get a prescription for the pill. i want to bring in our elizabeth cohen. elizabeth, explain to us first of all remind us what the morning after pill does. why is this so controversial? >> it's so controversial because it is a popular medicine, it is used as you would expect the morning after. have unprotected intercourthouse frid -- intercourse, you take it that day although it does work for several days, what happened is the obama administration said a couple years ago if you're under 17 you need a prescription. and what this judge is say, huh-uh, there's no reason for that. it's just as safe and works just as well for younger girls. >> so why did this judge overturn this? because it seems like it is a very significant move. >> it is a very significant move. he said, look, the fda is supposed to look at this from a medical point of view. is this drug safe? and is it effective? so safe and effective for girls under the age of 17. same way that it's safe and effective for older girls and women. you don't get to play morality police here. you don't get to say, well, we don't like th
on the phone, elizabeth cohen and nischelle turner, thank you very, very much. >>> now, she was a woman in a man's world. margaret thatcher, margaret thatcher has died at the age of 87 from a stroke while staying at the ritz hotel in london. nicknamed the iron lady, she was the first and the only woman to ever lead britain as prime minister. she's been called tough, even broodish and was a towering and unshakable force. >> what really gets me is this. it is very ironic that those who are most critical of the extra tax are those who are most vociferous in demanding the expenditure. what gets me even more is that having demanded that extra expenditure, they're not prepared to face the consequences of their own action and stand by the necessities to get some of the tax to pay for it. and i wish some of them had a bit more guts and courage than they have. >> she stood up against communism. she led her country to victory in the falkland war. she got britain through the final painful years of the cold war. but it was her tough economic medicine for a sickened country by inflation and budget d
senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen is with us and criminal defense attorney brian silver. elizabeth i have so many people in the legal and medical community saying this is a giant case today. what's at issue today? >> it could set a huge precedent, a giant case. basically what's at stake is, can a company own a part of you? we all have genes, these genes that we're talking about here with breast cancer. and can a company say, hey, we found it first so we own it? that means they're the only ones who can make the test to detect it. and i just got off the phone with george annas a professor and lawyer. he was in the room for the arguments this morning. he said there was a lot of attention focused on this particular analysis, that the justices said, look, let's say you discover a plant that would be a great drug, that could really help a lot of people. you can't patent that plant. that plant occurs in nature. so the justices were asking, can you really patent a gene? that gene is in all of us, occurs in nature. >> so i understand the sort of law school legal question there wh
night. but victims have been treated for chemical burns. elizabeth cohen joins us now -- people thought the bad weather and rain last night could be a bad thing. ended up perhaps being a miracle. elizabeth, let me start with you in terms of the damage that can be caused from the ammonia when people are getting chemical burns and people afraid it could cause physical damage. >> it's true. it can cause a whole array of damage. so what you dread is this huge concentration coming at you. that can kill you, actually, quite quickly. now, what you hope for is that it's so dilute and you're breathing in a low ka concentration. you might feel burning in your nose and throat, but probably no long lasting effects. >> and does it matter how far away you were from the location of the explosion? >> absolutely. the concentration's going to be highest right near it. and it's going to be lowest farther away. i don't want to say a blessing here, but an explosion will actually burn some of this up. so that's a good thing in some ways. >> burn it off. >> right. exactly. >> and exactly what kind of health p
i want to bring in elizabeth cohen. i know you have the story of two nurses who were really the first on the scene that ran in to help the injured. obviously chris is going to be joined by them, but what was their story? >> these two men are both nurses with decades of experience. they said nothing prepared them in many ways for what they saw. they were in the tent near the finish line when they heard the explosions. one of them has served in iraq. he said when he ran out there to help, it looked like iraq. they saw people with limbs blown off, they saw people whose abdomens were opened. they rushed these people into the tent. they said that everyone worked so well together. all the positions and all the nurses, they worked on dozens of patients trying to get them into ambulances and out to local emergency rooms. >> chris? >> thank you very much. i'm here talking with steven and jim. you're there, you were there to help the elite athletes, thinking you're going to deal with cramps and dehydration. what happened, steven? >> the first thing we heard was the explosion, then we
to bring in our senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen. you've done some checking on this facility at the prison. what are the capabilities that th have? ande, the are medical facilities in prisons all over the country, but there are only six facilities like this one. we're talking several hundred inmate patients, six physicians on staff, 60 doctors -- i mean 60 nurses rather. 24-hour care. so this hospital can do quite a bit, but let's talk a bit about what it can't do. it can't do big surgeries. when you look online, they do not have an accredited intensive care unit. and i think that says something about tsarnaev's condition. when he was released as far as we know he was in fair condition. so they obviously felt comfortable sending him to a facility that wasn't as sophisticated as the beth israel but still could give some level of care. >> right. elizabeth, appreciate the update. thank you very much. there's a lot going on throughout the day today. much more coverage from boston ahead. we're also going to get a look at some of the other stories that are making headlines today in
cohen. and, elizabeth, i know you've done some checking on this medical facility. tell me about it. and what does this place suggest about his condition? >> right, brooke. prisons across the country have some form of medical facility, but there are only six medical facilities like the one that tsarnaev is in at fort devens. it is a lot of patients. they have about a thousand inmates getting medical care there. they have six doctors, 60 nurses, they have 24-hour care, dialysis, x-rays. but it is interesting. there is some things they don't seem to have. one is that they can't do big surgeries. and also according to -- if you look on the website, the joint commission, they're not accredited for intensive care unit. don't have -- don't appear to have an intensive care unit. that tells us that he is not in terrible condition. we know he was discharged in fair condition. apparently they felt comfortable discharging him to a place that doesn't do big surgeries, that appears not to have an intensive care unit. >> elizabeth, what about the hospital where he was for a week? beth israel deac
's getting a lot of attention. elizabeth cohen joining us to talk a little about what do we mean by this, this compound in red meat? >> it's a compound i think most people haven't heard of. it's called carnitine. your body metabolizes it into something called tmao. when they looked at adults, they looked at human beings, they said, wow, people with high levels of tmao are more likely to die of a heart attack or stroke. and when we give carnitine to lab rats, their arteries get clogged. >> so should people be eating less red meat? is that the conclusion of all this? >> this is not a proven cause and effect. the folks who make these products say, look, no one thing is going to cause heart disease. it's genetics, it's a bunch of things. this is what the meat institute has to say. the meat industry says this should not prompt any dietary changes and consumers who enjoy red meat should continue to do so with confidence. however, there are some doctors that say this is yet another reason to limit your consumption of red meat. if this makes you nervous, don't eat it. one of those things everybo
by patients there to his arrival. cnn medical correspondent elizabeth cohen joining us now live on the phone. elizabeth, what have you learned about this place where he was taken? >> what i've learned, john, is that it's one of six facilities operated by the federal bureau of prisons. there are small hospitals all over the country but only six are designated as medical -- centers and one source told me they handle the tough cases. it is the only center that is located in the northeast. so it makes that he would have been moved there. it is about an hour away from the beth israel by car. or by ambulance, i would guess. we're learning a little bit more about -- piece of the puzzle of why he was moved. a doctor tells me that he is in touch with a doctor who does not work at beth israel, tells me he was in touch with colleagues who do work at the beth israel, and this doctor said that the families of the victims, and the victims themselves, were very unhappy, were freaking out, those were the words he used, were freaking out that they were being treated in the same hospital as tsarnaev. they wer
home. elizabeth cohen joins us live from brigham & women's hospital. where many are being treated. elizabeth what is the latest about what you could tell us. >> what i can tell you, there is a wide variety of injuries out there. the least severe have begun home. the most severe are the ones that required amputations. maybe about a dozen people or so who required amputations. some a single leg, others two legs. many of these needed to be what is called above the knee amputations because they were so severe. but there are other people doing much better. i want to tell you about a couple who we heard about. their names are nicholas and lee ann yani. ten feet away from the explosion and they managed somehow to get into a nearby store. nicholas looked at his wife. saw blood gushing out. went to the rack on the store, took down shirts, made a tourniquet for his wife. she said i'm okay, go help some other people. he helped other people that had fallen to the ground. and he looked up, saw his wife getting into an ambulance, got on an ambulance with her, went to tuft's medical center, and
in new york city as well. elizabeth cohen is our senior medical correspondent. had what are you seeing, what are you hearing about triage efforts under way right now dealing with the injured? >> hi. >> elizabeth, can you hear me? are you there? >> yes, i am, wolf. we see injured. we know some of them have been taken to hospitals in the area. but there are other triage efforts i understand under way right now as well. >> right. as we understand it, this is a huge event. i grew up in boston, been to this event many times. the presence of medical staff is very obvious and apparent. you can go to the mayor's blog and a week ago he spoke about the number -- someone wrote about the number of staff, 50 extra emts and paramedics, four physicians, ambulances, medical tents, bikes. so this is a place where there is already a big presence of emergency medical staff. now, obviously you want to get people who are really injured to a hospital as soon as possible, and there are many great hospitals right there in that area, but it is good to know how well staffed that area right there is. >> so there
correspondent elizabeth cohen live this morning at brigham women's hospital. but we want to begin with susan candiotti tracking the latest on this fbi probe. new pictures this morning of this badly damaged pressure cooker here. what can you tell us? >> good morning, brooke. you know, these bits and pieces are so crucial to investigators because not only will they take them to try to piece these explosive devices, homemade devices back together again through working on them at the fbi lab in quantico, virginia, they're doing that now, but they'll also try to trace back each and every component, possibly to where these things were bought so they can try to figure out who did this. crime scene photos show part of what could be a pressure cooker used in the bombings. others show charred wire attached to a battery. what appears to be a small circuit board. a half-inch nail, a bloodstained zipper pull tab. another shows what looks like massive ball bearings bbs. investigators are coming through hundreds of photos from the scene, including this one where a light-colored bag sits next to a mailbook.
in the body. this is a serious situation, elizabeth cohen, medical correspondent. senior medical correspondent, talk a little bit about the impact of the gas from this kind of fertilizer plant. >> right. we know a lot about this gas, it's often involved in explosions. when crystal meth labs explode, that's ammonia. what it is, if you get a huge big whiff of it and are you exposed to it a lot over time, even quickly it can kill you. however, if you don't get too much of it, get out to the fresh air quickly, you can be perfectly fine. it really depends on how much you breathe in. listen to the press conferences. it seems like they are more dealing with the results of the explosion, not so much the results of the gas inhalation. >> the debris and the material that exploded. >> that's right. >> causing serious physical harm to a lot of people. but not necessarily the gas. not over with by any means. >> no, it isn't. we don't know how much this gas has dissipated. so the explosion itself, burns some of it up, which is a good thing. and wind can take it away, and certain temperature situations can m
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